Saturday, June 21, 2008

Can You Say...Long-Winded?

Sometimes, time has a way of getting away from me. I can't believe that my last post was over four weeks ago. sigh. Evidently I've been really busy...distracted...or maybe just really lazy. Lots has gone on in these past four weeks.

Got two new computers...a desktop and a laptop. Will post Elles persuasive letter to my DH and I, which convinced us that we needed not one, but two computers in the next few days.

School is out for Elle and Sport...oh yeah, and for me too:~) I will be working summer school (for 4 weeks this summer). Elle is excited because she wants to come to work with me and help me out, serving as a "typical" role model for the students that I work for. Usually during the school year I work with secondary students (grades 6-12) and then during the summer, I get to work with elementary school students (preschool-5th grade). For some reason, this summer I will be working in both middle and high little ones for hoo.

On another note...I really need to learn to say "no". A friend of mine volunteers for a company that arranges for students from other countries to come and stay here in the U.S.A. for 3-4 weeks during the summer. While here, they live with a "host" family, and attend school to improve their English (or is that American?). My friend asked Elle and me (we were camping with 2,000 girl scouts at the time ) if we would like to be a host family. Elle thought that it would be a fabulous thing to do...discussed as a family, and decided that we would be willing to take one student.

We looked at some applications, and decided that we would host a 14 year old girl, from Russia. She will arrive here this coming Wednesday night...we can hardly wait. OH, but there's more...when Elle and I went to the informational meeting, they mentioned that there were still about 19 kids who wanted to come to the Los Angeles area who still hadn't been placed....I bet that you just know where this is going...

Yep...we decided to take another student. This one will be a 13 year old boy from Indonesia. He will be coming this Tuesday night...yikes. This house is sure to be crowded...let's see...3 adults, 4 kids, 2 kitties, and 1 dog. I better run out to Target and see if they have any wall-stretchers. lol

I need to get going...I am going to drop Elle off at a sleep-away camp this afternoon. She'll be gone for 1 week. The camp is located a few hours drive away from here...up in the mountains. When she returns, they'll be a new brother and a new sister here. The boy is sharing the room with Sport, and the girl will be sharing the room with Elle. It may be strange for Elle to come home to another person living in her room. It should be interesting. Hopefully this will be a positive experience for all of us, and hopefully all of the kids will connect and make life-long friends. That's my wish.


Renee said...

I'm not understanding how the exchange kids can attend school when the kids are on summer break.

and we know about your inability to say have two kitties instead of one. ;)

DD had a great time at camp this year. I'm so glad that she enjoys it, my summer camping as a kid are some of my best memories.

I hope your summer boarders are very sweet for you.

patches said...

When you commit, you really commit. There's no way you'd find the time to install a walkway ;)

Patti said...

Repeat after No. NO.
Repeat as necessary.

Seriously, having two children stay with your family sounds like a great experience for all. Except maybe the kitties, who might spend a lot of time hiding, if I know cats!

Just think of all the blog posts you will be able to get out of the next month or so.

meno said...

Just say NO.

Easy for me to say huh?

Marshamlow said...

At least the exchange students aren't for an entire school year. Hope it turns out to be fun. Glad to hear from you, you have been in my thoughts, glad it is all just from being busy. Busy can be good.

Lynn said...

Renee - The kids come to the U.S. and take special classes everyday from 9-12 to work on their English skills. Then is the afternoon they go and visit fun places:~)

Patches - I'm afraid if I started on a walkway...I would somehow end up doing the whole neighborhood...sigh

Meno - Sometimes I feel like I am such a wimp.

Marshamlow - Yeah...A whole year would be way too long...I think

sari said...

I hope everything works out well for you!!! I always thought that it would be great to have a foreign exchange student when I was in school.